Witnesses: ‘Pop-pop-pop’ as man, 27, shot to death

Wilbert "Billy" Butler was 27

Police investigate in the 3600 block of SE 28th Avenue in Portland after a man was shot to death, September 17, 2017 (KOIN)
Police investigate in the 3600 block of SE 28th Avenue in Portland after a man was shot to death, September 17, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Judy VanDeusen and Greg Chase were standing outside their Southeast Portland apartment building smoking cigarettes when shots rang out in the early hours of Sunday.

Wilbert "Billy" Butler in an undated DMV photo provided by Portland police. Butler, 27, was shot to death, September 17, 2017
Wilbert “Billy” Butler in an undated DMV photo provided by Portland police. Butler, 27, was shot to death, September 17, 2017

“We were just standing there having a cigarette,” VanDeusen told KOIN 6 News. “I more heard the pop-pop-pop and I kind of saw someone, like, run, but they disappeared.”

Chase said there was “a little bit of commotion” and then he heard “this pop-pop-pop-pop. I thought, ‘OK, Judy, it’s time to go.’ So we split. We went inside.”

VanDeusen said she called 911 “and the police were here really fast.”

Police raced to the 3600 block of SE 28th Avenue around 1:40 a.m. and found Wilbert “Billy” Butler wounded. The 27-year-old man was rushed to the hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, but succumbed to his multiple gunshot wounds hours later.

There is no suspect information available, police said.

Judy VanDeusen heard the gunfire and called 911 in the Southeast Portland shooting that left Wilbert "Billy" Butler dead, September 18, 2017 (KOIN)
Judy VanDeusen heard the gunfire and called 911 in the Southeast Portland shooting that left Wilbert “Billy” Butler dead, September 18, 2017 (KOIN)

VanDeusen, who lives in the building across the street, said there are 3 bullet holes “by the garbage room, one there, one right by the front door that went through and hit the back glass and landed on people’s patio on the back. And that’s where they found the bullet.”

She added one bullet went “up and hit a bed” but didn’t injure the woman sleeping. “I haven’t really talked to her, I just made sure that she’s OK.”

A bullet casing was found in the 3600 block of SE 28th Avenue in Portland after a man was shot to death, September 17, 2017 (KOIN)
A bullet casing was found in the 3600 block of SE 28th Avenue in Portland after a man was shot to death, September 17, 2017 (KOIN)

Chase said the shooting was “ridiculous.”

“It’s a waste of life for one thing. For another thing, I don’t know why they’re doing it. Because of hate or money or drugs, whatever they’re into.”

And he added how easily someone else could have been killed.

“Yeah, I’m thinking how close that someone else was — me and her,” he said.

Investigators are actively working on the case. Anyone with information is asked to call PPB at 503.823.3333.

A bullet ripped through this window in Southeast Portland during a shooting that killed Wilbert "Billy" Butler, September 18, 2017 (KOIN)
A bullet ripped through this window in Southeast Portland during a shooting that killed Wilbert “Billy” Butler, September 18, 2017 (KOIN)